Router Woodworking


Pictures like this are not to be found in my manuscript, but the inspiration and the routing fundamentals to do so, are. And incidentally, damn near everything in my chair has been routed. The spindles started out square and were routed round. The side assemblies were rabbetted to establish the inside corner radii and then routed round. The seat was joined with a glue/joint cutter and the front to rear seat rails were coped to nest with the round rails under them. The chair was designed around a chair by David Rowland. His model was stackable and made from continuously bent 9/16" steel rod.

My first book, "Getting the Very Best From Your Router", is no longer in print but I own the original manuscript.

The work has been compiled in a Word file on a simple 3.5" floppy diskette. There are no pictures but for the dedicated reader it is still useful. In my view, the best thing about this book is that it has not been abridged, modified, dumbed down, or in any way compromised by an editor. It is straight from my pen as I see it. If graphs, pictures and drawings are essential do not buy this work. If you can live with text-only you will learn something.

The book was written for the beginner and for those that are already skilled in woodworking but don't use the router much. Though routerdom has changed since 1996, the operating principles are the same. The Table of contents is listed below. If you'd like a sample chapter and/or a more expanded table of contents please email If you'd like to make a purchase send 15$ (check, cash or money order accepted) with shipping address to:

ESCONDIDO CA 92027-3940

An email Word attachment is an 12$ option. In either case, a prepayment is required, unless we have previously traded. To keep the cost to a minimum, I do not accept credit cards. Please mail remittance to the above address and thanks for your business, Pat Warner.

The 12 chapters:

  1. The advantages of using a router.
  2. The fixed base Router
  3. The plunger
  4. Getting control (subbase, collar guide, edge guide, bearings, etc)
  5. Hand router safety
  6. Other tools (stock prep, layout, and clamping)
  7. The Router Setting (comfort, lighting, bench design)
  8. Router Bits
  9. Understanding the Routertable
  10. Safety and the router Table
  11. A simple routertable
  12. Typical table and hand routing procedures.

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